Distribution Rights: Manga Entertainment
Genres: Action, Comedy
|Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro (Movie)|
Description: While driving along the
highway, Lupin III and his partner in crime, Jigen, saw
a car with a bunch of mean looking men chasing another
one with a bride at the wheel. Being the kindhearted
thief as he is (^_^), he succeeded in rescuing the
runaway bride from these men but got injured. When Lupin
awakened, the bride was nowhere to be found but her ring
was left behind. Oddly, the ring triggered some past
memory of Lupin's and he remembered it being part of the
wealthy family of Cagliostro. Together, Lupin and Jigen
travels to the Castle of Cagliostro to discover the
mystery between the bride and the family of Cagliostro
and on the way, family secrets and mysterious pasts
| Reviewer #1: Christine
Episodes reviewed: Subtitled
description does not truly justify this anime's well written
story. Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro came out in the
late 1970's among many numerous Lupin III movies. However,
this movie was known to be the best one out of all of them.
This particular movie was directed by Hayao Miyazaki
(Mononoke Hime, Tonari no Totoro, etc). You can
even see Miyazaki's touch in the animation (the runaway bride,
also known as Lady Clarisse looks VERY much like the heroine
in Nausicaa (another Miyazaki's work).
I agree that this anime is great and well written!! (Don't
know if it is the best of all Lupin movies though ^^). Though
the animation is from the 70's it is still enjoyable to watch.
The whole "Lupin" idea actually came from a novel by Maurice
Le Blanc who writes about this reknown French thief name
Lupin. However, the anime itself is focused on his grandson,
Lupin III who wants to be just as famous as his granddad.
In this particular story, the Castle of Cagliostro, Lupin
and Jigen was trying to solve the "goat money" (counterfeit
money) in which they ended up stealing in the beginning of the
movie. In trying to find the source of the goat money, they
had a little "run-in" with Lady Clarisse and a bunch of thugs.
Somebody desperately wants to keep Lady Clarisse as his bride!
Lupin and Jigen later found out that Lady Clarisse and Count
Cagliostro was to be wed. Both the Lady and the Count
represents the two houses of Cagliostro, "light and shadow".
The mystery unfolds as Lupin tries to rescue Lady Clarisse
from the Count and found the Count's real motives for marrying
Clarisse as well as the underground "business" the Count is
involved in. Of course, Lupin have help from Jigen and a few
other characters as well -- Goemon, a samurai and Fujiko, a
mercenary who is also uncovering the Count's secret business.
Even Inspector Z who had been after Lupin for a long time
helped him in exposing the Count's secrets.
This anime with a great well written story have a lot of
comedic scenes between Lupin and the characters who help him
out. This monkey-looking thief is agile, smart, witty, and
confident --he's not your handsome looking hero but you can't
help falling for him nonetheless. What a charmer! ^_^ And Lady
Clarisse! She's not your typical damsel in distress where she
lets Lupin do all the work and rescuing -- so she's a likeable
character too! Very gentle! All I can say is that you'll like
this anime - very enjoyable to watch!! You'll get a kick outta
this one!!! ^_^
| Reviewer #2: Clyde Adams
Episodes reviewed: Movie;
Cagliostro is a slapstick comedy adventure, pitting Lupin
III, the ever-joking trickster thief, against the purely evil
Count Cagliostro, to save Clarisse the princess. Lupin's
cleverness keeps him one step ahead of the Count and one step
ahead of his nemesis, Inspector Zenigata. An entertaining
movie for all ages, it stands above most of the other Lupin
III movies, which often include pointless and confusing
action, and unsympathetic characters.
This movie is not only funny, but also emotionally
involving. We care about the charming, brave, innocent
Princess, and we fear for her. We fear for Lupin and his
friends, who often have to put themselves in deadly danger.
This film has good animation, good art, and high production
values. It was director Hayao Miyazaki's first feature film,
and it shows his masterful touch. However, its art and
production values cannot compare with those of Miyazaki's
subsequent movies, which he made for Studio Ghibli.